President Johnson is going to get a present, namely our present to Carl Yastrzemski. Yaz, with Joe DiMaggio, Mike McCormick, Dick Williams and Paul Casanova, was a guest at the White House recently. He gave Mr. Johnson a Carl Yastrzemski bat, then asked if he would accept his SPORTS ILLUSTRATED Sportsman of the Year award, a replica of our nearly 2,500-year-old Grecian amphora, symbolizing sportsmanship. Yaz offered it "on behalf of the many wounded Vietnam veterans I've visited who agree with U.S. policy and on behalf of the youth of America." Yaz said the President will accept the award, but he will apparently have to receive it at Yaz's convenience. "Probably sometime in May," Carl thinks, "because I don't expect to be in Washington again before then."
Harry B. Henshel, president of the Bulova Watch Company, has been interested for years in the timing of sports events, a fact that has had much to do with the development of the Bulova Phototimer, the $200,000 electronic system that clocks a finish to 1/100th second, and Bulova's free loan service that provides $150-$300 hand timers for amateur meets across the country. Henshel himself is a dedicated volunteer timing official. "What most fans don't realize," he has said, "is that timing a finish officially is far more demanding and satisfying than merely watching a finish.... It's an exhilarating experience." Obviously Harry B. Henshel means it. For the exhilaration of timing the Millrose Games he recently flew in from Switzerland.
Massachusetts Senator Edward Kennedy pointed out that "the greatest trade of all was the time Bobby Kennedy went to New York and Carl Yastrzemski went to Boston." Vice-President Humphrey characterized himself as "the unchallenged master of the sacrifice." With such snappy speakers holding forth at the Washington Baseball Writers awards dinner it was a particular honor for Mrs. Johnson's Press Secretary Liz Carpenter (below with Baseball Commissioner William Eckert) to have been elected to bat last. Liz is believed to be the only woman who has addressed the Baseball Writers and, sensible of the distinction, she prepped by looking into a book called Baseball Made Plain. "It's a book," she explains, "for people who want to know first that baseball is the game played with the small round ball, not the game played with the oblong ball."
In the future anybody who goes to Las Vegas and asks where the action is may get a whole new answer. The prince of that principality, Howard Hughes, has announced that he plans to build the world's largest resort hotel there. The 4,000-room hostelry will cost an estimated $150 million and proposed amenities include more bowling lanes and billiard facilities than any other hotel in the world; an ice-skating rink; arrangements for bridge, Skee-Ball, table tennis and chess, plus indoor golf. Hughes reportedly has said that the resort will be so planned that "any guest will simply have to make a supreme effort if he wants to be bored." And any guest who tries to plead boredom because the sporting facilities are closed, to justify sneaking off to the casinos, will be out of luck. The sporting facilities will be open 24 hours a day.
February 5, 1968
Indiana's Senator Hartke is an honorable man. He lost his Rose Bowl bet with George Murphy of California and has dutifully paid off with a lunch. He and his staff and Murphy and his staff recently sat down to a meal that began with O. J. Simpson Screwdrivers and progressed to Baked Crow (a 28-pound turkey) with "14-3" garnish; Sweet Johnny Pont Potatoes; Big Ten Baked Beans; Goal Slaw; Roll-Outs and Butter; Coffee, Split-Tea and Smog (milk). For dessert there was Gridiron Cake with a football and goalposts and roses on it. The Senators' staffs wore name tags saying, "I am a good loser" or "I am a good winner," Murphy's team serenaded Hartke's and a good time was had by all. As for Hartke's being an honorable man, he has earned that description not just by paying his gambling debts, but by not paying them with the taxpayers' money. The luncheon was cooked by his staffers at home and carried to Capitol Hill.
Nine of France's foremost jockeys were recently up, and quite often down, for the Jockey Cup, a first annual skiing event that took place in the French Alps. Yves Saint-Martin, Léon Flavien (above), Jean-Claude Desaint, Maxime Garcia and Henri Samani were among the contenders at La Plagne, and on the morning of the big day it was Garcia in the two-lap, 38-gate slalom, followed by Samani and Flavien. At noon the nine lined up for the downhill, and it was top jockey Saint-Martin going away, with Samani placing and Flavien sixth. Next, a banquet—"Just a short one," said a La Plagne official, but with wine, "naturellement,"—and then the giant slalom. At this point the money should have been on Samani, with his double second, but on the postprandial run he had a bad fall. Desaint took the giant slalom and veteran jockey and skier Flavien came in second to win overall. Whether Samani lost because he was the less experienced jockey, skier or wine drinker is not known.